Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal

An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain's privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.Sophie's husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart. Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute ...

Details Anatomy of a Scandal

TitleAnatomy of a Scandal
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherAtria/Emily Bestler Books
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Crime

Reviews Anatomy of a Scandal

  • Emily May
    Men can make fools of us all. I LOVE a good courtroom drama.I can't help it. My idea of the inside of a courtroom is heavily-influenced by years of watching Law & Order and, these days, watching Annalise Keating brutally taking down prosecutors and witnesses in How to Get Away With Murder. I love the (completely sensationalized) battle of wits, the dramatic "object, your honor!", the tense moment before the verdict is revealed. And Anatomy of a S...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...4.5 Stars!!With everything that has been going on in the world recently, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this timely novel. Kate Woodcroft’s work is her life. Divorced with no children, she’s practiced law for many years. She specializes in prosecuting sexual crimes and she is no stranger to difficult cases. However, today she is in a bad mood after losing ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Sophie never thought of her husband as a liar. She knows he dissembles, yes. That's part of his job... A prerequisite, even, to being a government minister. But she has never imagined he would lie to her. Or rather, that he might have a life she knows nothing about: a secret that could detonate beneath her lovingly maintained world and blow it apart forever.Another excellent and timely read folks!Anatomy of a Scandalwas brilliant and will likely ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”But the truth is, women are often scared of antagonizing their assailants or they feel conflicted; not so very long ago they may have been charmed by them. And we women aim to please. It is hardwired into us that we should placate and mollify---bend our will to that of men. Oh, some of us have fought against that, and we’re seen as hard-nosed, difficult, assertive, shrewish. We pay the penalty. Why don’t I have a proper, live-in partner? I...
  • Julie
    Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughn is a 2018 Atria/Emily Bestler Books Publication.Timely, with a few very intriguing twists!When the Junior Member of England, James Whitehouse, is caught out in an affair, it looks as though he will weather the storm, both professionally and personally- until his mistress, Olivia, comes forward with an accusation of rape.Kate, a prosecutor/barrister believes James is guilty as sin. But, his wife, Sophie, despit...
  • karen
    i thought this was going to be another domestic suspense book - a story of crime and marriage full of misleading clues to veer the reader off course, with lies and secrets and conflicting unreliable narrators. and it sort of is, but it’s much broader in scope and less circuitous in structure. with a kaleidoscope of sexual misconduct allegations making up the backdrop of any given day’s news lately, this is certainly a timely book: james white...
  • Linda
    The process of reconstructing one's life......Brick by brick. Story by story. Lie built upon lie.We all leave our footprints planted in the ground of our past. Do we even recognize their familiar forms when trampled on time and again by others? Blurred attempts both intentional and not.Kate Woodcroft pours herself a stout one to mellow out the night. Being a barrister in London assigned to difficult cases involving violence of a sexual nature has...
  • Holly B
    *4.5*An clever, scandalous, courtroom drama! I was obsessed from start to finish.It has all the elements that make a story compelling to me. The vivid characters with the added appeal of having their POV written with emotion and details that bring them to life. The characters were intriguing and would definitely have enjoyed discussing this with someone while reading it together. The plot was perfectly thought out with an explosive twist! The end...
  • Arah-Lynda
    As the title suggests this is the story of a scandal, that happened some years ago among Britain's elite citizenry. In fact it involves a Junior Minister in the House of Commons, one James Whitehouse. I’m sure we have all met men like James: tall, good looking, suave and charismatic, uncommonly gifted, able to work a room and have most everyone eating from his hands. Yet here he stands before us in a Court of Law accused of one of the most hein...
  • Carol
    4.5 Stars. Addictive writing....Secrets....Lies....and a Perfectly Satisfying last line! Kate Woodcroft is a QC (Queen's Court) Barrister for the prosecution of sex crimes in London, and she just lost a case...not something that happens often. She likes to win and plans on doing just that with the scandalous high-profile case of a charming, handsome and manipulative politician....JM (Junior Minister) James Whitehouse.ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL takes th...
  • Elyse Walters
    I was completely captivated, intrigued, and fascinated, with this fast-paced intelligent, timely and relevant novel. James Whitehouse is a member of the Parliament, and until he was charged withrape —( at the point of penetration, did James understand that Olivia Clarissa Lytton did not consent to sex?), he was a junior minister in the government. He is married to Sophie whom he has two children with. James admits his adultery to Sophie ‘befo...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 A case that could be taken from the daily headlines in the United States. A politician is being charged with rape, a man who is a long time friend and has the long time support of the prime minister. A man who is married, with two children, a family who he swears he loves. A man who readily confesses to having an affair with the claimant, but insists the sexual act was consensual.A very slow paced book, in fact I do believe there were some in...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    You will not know who to believe in this novel of intrigue and past secrets.James Whitehouseis a a successfulpolitician who has been married to his wife Sophie for over a decade. Both are attractive, attended Oxford and are respected members of their community.One day James is accusedof rape, the victim is ayoung researcher that works in James's office. She also had an affair with the accused that ended abruptly two weeks before the event took pl...
  • Susanne Strong
    3 Stars.James, Junior Minister of England, and his wife Sophie are caught in a fierce legal battle against Kate, a barrister who represents Olivia, in a case in which James has been charged with sexual assault. Olivia and James had an affair and James swears that what happened between them was a consensual act. For Jame’s wife Sophie? Well, her world comes crashing down before her. Kate knows that James is guilty and she is going to make him pa...
  • Liz
    Well, talk about perfect timing. The Me, Too movement is the one constant on the news nowadays. And here comes a novel about a junior minister in the British government, a dear friend of the PM, accused of the rape of his research assistant. The book is told from multiple POV -Sophie, his wife, Kate, the prosecutor, James, the man himself, as well as Holly, a girl from their days at Oxford, and her friend, Ali. Let me say straight off, I have no ...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    2.5 starsThis novel follows the aftermath of and investigation into a sexual assault scandal involving a high power politician and one of his employees. I found the storyline intriguing enough to keep me curious until the end, however, this novel really dragged for me. I found the pacing slow, the characters unlikeable and the content jumped all over the place. I had a hard time staying focused and felt that there were several parts of the book t...
  • Esil
    A high 4 stars!So incredibly timely... Sarah Vaughan may have been prescient when she decided to write Anatomy of a Scandal, but this book sure resonates with the MeToo surge of focus on sexual assault and harassment, especially involving men abusing positions of power.But no one should be deterred from reading this one for fear that it's an easy attempt to cash in on a hot topic or for fear that it's violent or graphically exploitative of the to...
  • Dem
    A solid, gripping and edgy thriller that is well written and very thought provoking.Part courtroom drama and part exportation of a marriage, this is a book that is intelligent and tightly plotted and was chosen as our sit in book club read for the month and I think it will make quite an interesting discussion book.I liked the court room drama in this one and it appeared well researched and well executed. Characters were complex and entertaining. ...
  • Brenda -Traveling Sister
    I started off lost in the prickly, weedy dark craggy coulee with four of my Traveling Sisters reading Anatomy of a Scandal with only one of us staying in this coulee and the rest of us leaving to find a grassy spot to take a nap.Anatomy of a Scandal is a slow-burning, intelligent legal thriller that explores a scandal amongst the privileged and the women involved. For most of us, we struggled with this one grabbing our attention from the start an...
  • Mel
    EDIT: Something was nagging me about my review, and I realized I forgot to talk about how disgusting this book talks about Androgynous people. I've added it in bold near the bottom.Okay it's time to put on my big girl panties and review this book.Firstly, I want to thank Atria books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book by sending me a review copy. They are my favourite publisher, and while I didn't enjoy this book, that stil...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    / 5My reviews and (maybe) some other random thoughts can also be seen at https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp... ____________________________________________________________Anatomy of a Scandal is another one of those books that is rather hard for me to review. While I did like the book, I found myself wanting to skim a few times. The writing was impeccable, and you can tell that Sarah Vaughan really knows her stuff (I can't even imagine how muc...
  • Zoe
    Intricate, dark, and compelling!Anatomy of a Scandal is a gripping tale that reminds us that justice may not always be blind in the face of privilege, politics, charisma, and power and that rape has devastating and enduring emotional and psychological effects on its victims.The story is told from differing perspectives; James, a handsome, entitled politician accused of a heinous crime; Sophie, a dependable, intelligent wife who believes in her hu...
  • Debra
    Sophie is married to James who is a handsome, charming, confident politician, who she also describes as a wonderful father. Sophie's world is turned upside when the woman her husband has been having an affair with accuses him of rape. Sophie is shocked, hurt, angry, sad, humiliated and heartbroken. She believes he is capable of lying to her and having an affair, but rape? Could her husband have raped a woman? Could she be living with a rapist? Ja...
  • Bianca
    Anatomy of a Scandal was an excellent read - timely, gutsy and nuanced.Who's Sarah Vaughan and why has she escaped my attention?I've seen mixed reviews of this novel, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was curious enough to request it. There was some sort of mix up with the approval/archiving date, so the kind people at Simon & Schuster Australia sent me the printed book. Lucky me.The first impression was very good: great title, stunning cove...
  • Carrie
    First I would like to warn that Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan is a legal thriller that centers around rape so for those that are sensitive to the subject you may want to give this one a pass as there are a few scenes in which it will be described.The story is told from multiple points of view and also by alternating between current day and by going back into past events when key characters were in college and the events that happened then...
  • Barbara
    James Whitehouse seems to have it all. He grew up privileged, went to school at Eton and Oxford, and is now a junior government minister with a promising future. James has a beautiful wife, Sophie, and two sweet children, Emily and Toby - whom he dotes on. For her part, Sophie adores her husband - a tall, handsome, charismatic man who still makes her heart flutter after twelve years of marriage. Unfortunately, a costly mistake is about to shatter...
  • Bam cooks the books ;-)
    *My rating would be somewhere between 4 and 5 stars if I could give such a graded rating but I'm going to be generous and give it 5 stars for being so well written! A quote from the author's afterword: "Anatomy of a Scandal involved venturing into dark places most of us would prefer not to think about." The scandal involves a successful, handsome and charismatic member of parliament, married with two young children, whose affair with a young, bea...
  • Carolyn
    Anatomy of a Scandal is also the anatomy of a marriage, showing how the foundation stones can be damaged early in the relationship, leading to the later widening of hairline cracks that then threaten to bring down the whole structure.James Whitehouse, handsome, urbane and wealthy and a self assured Oxford graduate, admired by both men and women, is a Junior Minister in the British cabinet and personal friend of the PM. At college they were both m...
  • Malia
    Yay, another book worth the hype!! I am so happy that I enjoyed Anatomy of a Scandal as much as most readers seem to, because a lot of books that received this much attention have ended up being a bit disappointing for me lately. This was not only very timely in its subject matter, but it was so character driven, which I loved! Also, the writing was really good, definitely a cut above the typical psychological thriller. I don't want to say much a...
  • Tooter
    10 stars. Absolutely loved everything about this book!